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Malawi police find more bodies near mass grave that contained 25 Ethiopians

by Mahmmod Shar

By Nimi Princewill, CNN

CNN — Four more bodies of suspected illegal migrants from Ethiopia have been found near the site of a mass grave in northern Malawi that contained the remains of 25 Ethiopian nationals, according to police in the southern African country.

Malawi police spokesman Peter Kalaya said the Ethiopians were suspected victims of human trafficking. The four bodies were discovered a day after the corpses of 25 Ethiopian migrants were exhumed from a mass grave in northern Malawi’s Mzimba district. The 25 victims were males aged between 25 and 40 years, police found.

In a Thursday update, Kalaya said: “The (newly-discovered) bodies were found … in a decomposed state on the ground about a kilometer from a mass grave where 25 other bodies were exhumed on Wednesday within Mtangatanga Forest Reserve.”

He added that the victims’ causes of death were being investigated through an autopsy.

On Friday, Kalaya informed CNN that a few arrests had been made.

According to the police spokesman, “72 Ethiopians have been detained for “illegal entry,” which is against Malawi’s immigration laws, and ten Malawians have been detained because we suspect they were assisting these illegal migrants through Malawi.


According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, syndicates that smuggle undocumented migrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa, through Malawi in order to reach South Africa are using the country more and more frequently.

Malawi’s Minister of Homeland Security, Jean Sendeza visited Mtangatanga forest where villagers discovered a mass grave with 25 bodies, and five more bodies were found after further search around the forest. (From Jean Sendeza)
From Jean Sendeza/Facebook

“We intercept illegal migrants now and again in the country,” Kalaya told CNN of the Malawi government’s crackdown on illegal migrants, stating that many of those intercepted are Ethiopians and Somalians.

More than 200 illegal migrants were intercepted in the last eight months, he stated, adding that 186 of them were Ethiopian nationals.

Last year, more than 100 Ethiopians were returned to their country “after being found stranded in the borders of Malawi”, the country’s immigration service said at the time.

In 2012, nearly 50 migrants from Ethiopia lost their lives when their boat capsized while crossing Lake Malawi.


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